The Laudate! choir sang Hymn 48 (tune Thornbury) last night with a descant during the last (4th) stanza.
People were supposed to sing these Psalms using only 13 different melodies (maybe our upcoming Synod should consider this, seeing that they have to decide what to do all the “difficult genevan tunes”).
In North America, the first war was about psalm singing vs hymn singing, and the Bay Psalter (psalms-only) was at the center of it.
Here is more background: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/december-web-only/bay-psalm-book.html?paging=off
Interesting that Psalm 137 is quoted as a reason why Psalm singing was not appreciated anymore, and hence disappeared. I guess that the same argument can be used today about Psalm137 in our own Book of Praise… But hopefully we don’t lose the war…
The choirs of Trinity Western University are making music in our church. This concert is part of a series. This is exciting because the are also using our Casavant organ, which will be played by Edward Norman.
The program includes uplifting ancient and modern choral music featuring works by Handel, Mendelssohn, Halley, Hogan, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms.
In Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms the organ takes the role of the orchestra. An important role is given to the the harp. Bernstein completed the harp parts before composing the accompanying orchestral and choral parts, thus granting the harpists a pivotal role in realizing the music. In rehearsals, Bernstein is noted to have requested that the harpists play through the piece before the rest of the orchestra to emphasize the importance of the harp’s role. The harp is played by Esther Cannon.
The Chichester Psalms are featuring the following Psalms: 108, 100, 23, 131, and 133. All sung in Hebrew.
Although the current printing of the hymn book is sold out, many people have inquired since. At this moment I am preparing the changes proposed by the Standing Committee for the Book of Praise. Their report to Synod 2013 (can be found on www.canrc.org) includes a number of changes to the music notation as requested by the churches.
As soon as the decisions are known, the files will be submitted to the printer and if their schedule is favourable, the “85 Hymns Accompaniment Book – 2013″ could be available at the end of May.
A this moment I don’t know how many copies will be printed. If you would be interested in a copy please let me know.